South Central Pennsylvania is an excellent place to live. If you’re new to the area, the following information will interest you, especially if you’re looking to rent an apartment.
When you review the statistics, Pennsylvania compares well with the rest of the country, making it a great place to settle in, pursue a career or raise a family.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Pennsylvania is $55,702, very close to the national average of $55,775. With a population of just over 640,000 and a population growth of 2.72% since 2010, Central Pennsylvania is growing.
Nearly 30% of adults in the area have a college education, which matches the national average of approximately one in three adults. This bodes well for jobs, which have seen an increase of 3.08% since 2010. The top industries in Central Pennsylvania are manufacturing, retail, education, healthcare, social services and accommodation/food services. Regardless of your area of employment, you may be able to find a match in the area.
As a renter, you will not be alone in Pennsylvania, where 31.63% of the population rents. While this is just below the national average of 34.53%, it is close to standard.
Entertainment Around Harrisburg
It’s difficult to summarize everything in the area, but living in a Harrisburg apartment provides plenty of entertainment options that may be of interest to you.
Remember, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list. Instead, think of it as a guide to help you get started. Links for each venue and event are included. What are you waiting for? Get out and explore!
Music, Festivals and Fairs
You’ll find many festivals, fairs, concerts and more around Harrisburg:
- Concerts: With multiple concert venues downtown for the more classic arts and toward Hershey for headliner concert tours, regardless of your genre of choice, Harrisburg has plenty to offer within a 20-minute radius.
- Arts Fest: Held annually downtown over Memorial Day weekend, Arts Fest features local artists, foods and fun.
- Kipona: Highlighting Harrisburg’s Native American heritage, local artisans, musicians and restaurants, Kipona is Harrisburg’s annual Labor Day celebration.
- Renaissance Faire: Each fall, Central Pennsylvanians and visitors can transport back in time to the Middle Ages at Pennsylvania’s Renaissance Faire, which is just a 35-minute drive from the city.
- Farm Show: Unlike other state fairs, Pennsylvania’s annual celebration is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, drawing farmers, future farmers and regular citizens interested in some of the best food — and milkshakes — around.
- Outdoor Show: The world’s largest outdoor show, the Great American Outdoor Show, brings a celebration of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors to Harrisburg each year.
Harrisburg and Hershey feature a few minor-league teams that offer affordable entertainment throughout the year. They include:
- Harrisburg Senators: A baseball farm team for the Washington Nationals.
- City Islanders: A 2014 USL PRO Championship Finalist soccer team.
- Hershey Bears: A Washington Capitals-affiliated hockey team.
Zoos, Museums and History
While residents of Harrisburg can travel a few hours to reach major cities and attractions, many zoos and museums are also within or near city limits:
- Zoo America: A year-round North American wildlife park located in Hershey.
- Civil War Museum: Featuring over 24,000 items relating to the Civil War, this museum is an excellent place to learn and explore.
- PA State Museum: Created to share and display the history of Pennsylvania, this museum is interesting to residents and visitors alike.
- Whitaker Center: Featuring science exhibits for kids, traveling exhibits for the entire family and IMAX® movies, the Whitaker Center offers year-round entertainment and learning opportunities.
If you’re looking for fun, consider the following attractions:
- Hersheypark: From thrilling roller coasters and kiddie rides to a waterpark, this amusement park based on chocolate is a can’t-miss experience for all ages.
- Chocolate World: Open year-round with free admission — as well as pay-for attractions — stop here to learn about the chocolate making process and to enjoy a few sweet treats.
- Turkey Hill Experience: Located just outside Lancaster, PA, the Turkey Hill experience offers visitors an opportunity to learn about how ice cream is sourced and made in Central Pennsylvania, along with the opportunity to make their own pints.
- Crayola Experience: Add a little color to your — or your child’s — life by visiting the Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania.
- Pride of the Susquehanna: Harrisburg’s riverboat provides entertainment ranging from private cruises to dinner experiences and more.
Breweries, Wineries and Orchards
For home-grown, fresh food and drinks, Harrisburg has a little something for everyone:
- Spring Gate
- Armstrong Valley Winery
- The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey
- Cassel Vineyards
- Cullari Vineyards and Winery
Proximity to Major Cities
If you have the desire to look elsewhere for a day or weekend trip away, living in Central Pennsylvania has a few perks. The following cities are within driving distance. Distances estimated using Google Maps:
- New York: 3 hours.
- Philadelphia: 2 hours.
- Pittsburgh: 3 hours.
- Washington D.C.: 2.5 hours.
- Baltimore: 1.5 hours.
- Boston: 6.5 hours.
Contact Us Today to Find a Harrisburg Apartment in Your Ideal Community
We hope you’ve found the information you’ve been searching for and that you feel more comfortable moving forward with your first rental experience.
Remember, this is exciting! You have an opportunity ahead of you that you’ll never have again: a chance to branch out for the first time, to dive into something new and to experience all the freedom that renting an apartment and being on your own has to offer.
Now is the time to step back and to think about what matters most to you — and a potential roommate, if you’re going to have one. How do you envision your first apartment experience? What steps are you willing to take to get there?
Preparing to Rent Your First Apartment
Think about your top priorities, your ideal location and where you see yourself spending the next few years or longer.
If you’ve decided that renting is what is best for you, take the time to evaluate the questions outlined in this guide:
- Where and how will you feel most secure in your new apartment?
- What size is best for your living needs?
- What utilities would you like to see included in your rental agreement?
- Will you need a pet-friendly apartment?
- Is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the place you’re ready to call home?
Once you understand your needs and what you value, you’ll find the apartment rental search process to be much easier and less stressful.
Ready, Set, Go!
You’ve put in the preparation, so now is the time to move forward. You have the information you need to make the best decision possible, and this is where the fun truly begins.
Check out the rental communities we have available and contact us today. We’re ready to provide you with the support and guidance you need to find and settle into your dream rental.
We look forward to hearing from and working with you!